Sunday, November 14, 2010

Several Finished Objects

Finally my camera has been repaired and I can report on several finished objects.  First up is Truck Mittens for Niepa.  I used some leftover Baby Cashmerino yarn.  The pattern is Vroom-vroom mittens available on Ravelry.

Next are mittens for Ella, the daughter of one of my yoga teachers.  They are Baby Cashmerino also, and I used my basic mitten pattern, available here.

The Bohus Stickening Cuffs are from a class I took at Stitches Midwest.  The technique involves a very fine yarn with colorwork.  Unlike fair isle, there is purling.  Also, the floats can be considerably longer than with fair isle work.  The result is pretty, but I don't have the patience to do this on a larger project.  I received the yarn and pattern in a kit during the class.

My last project is Petrie, done in a linen yarn.  I'm very pleased with how this turned out.  Unfortunately it will be too cold to wear a sleeveless linen top in Michigan until about next June.

Friday, November 12, 2010

"Just Kids" by Patti Smith

This memoir of Patti Smith's relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe recalls the 1960's and 70's in New York City.  She pursues a career in poetry, art, and finally music, while Mapplethorpe, a student at Pratt when she met him, works on his art, eventually focusing on photography.  Their lives intersected with some of the most interesting people of the 1970's, including  Jimi Hendrix, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Janis Joplin.  There's even a Bob Dylan slighting.

My rating:  **** (out of 5)